Adding a lens flare to a design or photograph can sometimes add an element of life to an otherwise mundane photo.  I wouldn’t go to crazy with them adding them to every photograph that has a blaring sun.  If they are used too much they can be distracting and distasteful, especially when added during post processing instead of naturally.

The main problem I have with the traditional method of adding a lens flare during post work is that it becomes a destructive element usually added at the end which limits further editing.  As I was playing around with a design for my business card to promote my website, I found an interesting way to add a lens flare without destroying the layer I put it on.  Check out the before and after on the designbelow and see how you can take advantage of a lens flare when it is created on a nondestructive layer!

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Blake Rudis
f.64 Academy and f.64 Elite are the brainchildren of Blake Rudis. While he is a landscape photographer he is most passionate about post-processing images in Photoshop and mentoring others.

For Blake, it is less about the art and more about the process. He dives deep into difficult topics and makes them easy to understand through his outside the box thinking.
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